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Ultimate Guide to Women’s Gingham Clothing Ideas

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If you are into women’s gingham clothing, chances are you are REALLY into it and want all of the gingham things in your life. It’s the kind of print you don’t just like, but LOVE. This helpful women’s gingham clothing ideas style guide is here to help.

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blue dress / sweatshirt / beige dress / heels / sneakers / blouse / swimsuit / purse

This women’s gingham clothing ideas style guide shares answers to frequently asked questions about gingham, followed by how to wear gingham, where to buy gingham and, finally, tons of specific women’s gingham products to shop.

Women’s Gingham Clothing Ideas Style Guide

Frequently Asked Questions About Gingham

What is gingham?

Gingham is a pattern with evenly sized and spaced vertical and horizontal lines in white and one other color. It is considered to be preppy, classic, and traditional in style.

What’s the difference between plaid and gingham?

Plaids are patterns that include multiple vertical and horizontal lines of varying sizes and colors. Gingham is a pattern that includes only white and one other color in evenly sized and spaced vertical and horizontal lines.

Will gingham go out of style?

Gingham originated hundreds of years ago and is still in style. Additionally, it is a very basic pattern with minimal colors and variations, so it will not likely go out of style.

How to Wear Gingham

Because it’s such a basic pattern, gingham is easy to style. Below are some of the ways it looks best:

  • any color gingham with white
  • any color gingham with canvas sneakers
  • any color gingham with denim
  • any color gingham with straw or wicker accessories
  • navy gingham with pink
  • navy gingham with red
  • light blue gingham with navy
  • blue gingham with blue and white stripes
  • yellow gingham with chambray
  • green gingham with chambray
  • red gingham with navy
  • black gingham with tan
  • tan gingham with white and denim

(Highly contrasted gingham works especially well for someone who identifies with the Deep Winter color palette.)

Where to Buy Gingham

Gingham is regularly available at the below retailers, most of which sell preppy, classic and traditional clothing:

My top retailer for gingham: I personally have been loving these specific Draper James gingham styles. It’s gingham with a slightly Southern, feminine twist. I have their gingham pajamas, dresses, and a sweatshirt and love them all — style, fit, and quality.

And you can never go wrong with gingham from J. Crew — their New England classic trademark style was made for gingham. I have J. Crew shoes (featured in my Instagram post above) as well as pants — both of which are closet staples.

Related post: J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe

Shop Women’s Gingham Clothing

Below are details about the best women’s gingham clothing ideas by category, followed by pictures of the best women’s gingham clothing products for you to scroll through and shop.

Shirts: Tops / Button Downs / Blouses

A gingham top is a staple closet piece. I especially recommend a button-down. Just look at how many ways you can wear it!

I have this specific bestselling Draper James sweatshirt and I LOVE it! It’s a light terry material for both cool and warm weather. My sister even has it in ALL colors. It runs true to size/slightly small. I sized up for more room.)

Every classic wardrobe needs a gingham button-down shirt too, and I love this classic light blue gingham Foxcroft button-down shirt from Nordstrom.


Gingham dresses are perfect for Summer. I have two from Draper James (blue and mint green) and one from J. Crew (black). They exude Southern femininity and can be worn again and again without looking tired.

This Tommy Hilfiger black gingham shirt dress is so timeless.

I also have my eyes on this tan gingham Charlie Holiday dress from Nordstrom because it’s different while still being neutral. I love how much beige gingham is being shown this year. It feels so breezy and effortless.


Gingham pants are the ultimate preppy staple item. Wear them every year to say, I’m here and I’m preppy — get used to it!

This year, I am loving these navy gingham Liverpool cropped pants from Nordstrom. It’s a brand that makes flattering and affordable pants that I trust to look and feel good! The kick crop ankle makes it a bit trendy for this season as well.

I’ve also seen a fair deal of gingham activewear this season, and I am HERE FOR IT! I adore these navy solid and gingham leggings from Tuckernuck.


Gingham skirts are for preppy risk-takers! They are a bit more rare than other gingham pieces and they will change what you thought you knew about skirts and how to wear them, whether casual or ballgown. I’d love to see one on the red carpet with a daring crisp white button-down blouse. Reese Witherspoon, are you listening?!

On the trend of activewear, I love this navy gingham tennis skirt from Tuckernuck this year.

And I put this gingham GAP skirt on my personal wish list for cute, casual wear.

Lastly, this Alex Mill gingham midi skirt from Nordstrom feels very Mediterranean to me.


Gingham shorts are great for the casual gal. I especially love them with chambray, white or a classic crewneck or rollneck sweater for a New England vibe.

For a casual look, I own and love these specific gingham Draper James shorts in a casual terry cloth material. They run a bit small. I sized up so I have plenty of room in them.

For a more polished look, these navy gingham Jacuemes shorts from Nordstom ooze vintage glamour. Dress them up or down!


Gingham blazers are for the gal who likes to make a statement! These are some real stand-out pieces that will announce your presence.

This year, Boden has a stunning higher-end, tailored option, and Vero Moda has a very cost-effective option at Nordstrom.

Swimsuits / Bathing Suits

Gingham is one print that can be flattering on everyone, and these styles are forgiving as well as timeless.

Gingham is such a HOT swimwear print this season, and there is no shortage of options for you to choose from.

This two-toned gingham bikini from Summersalt is so cheeky. For more modest coverage, try this black gingham Lands’ End one-piece bathing suit.

Sneakers / Shoes

I have gingham heels from J. Crew and love them, but this year’s gingham shoe options are totally making me swoon. I think if I could have only one gingham category of fashion in my life, it would be shoes. I mean, just look at them! Pair them with jeans, navy, white, neutrals — any outfit that is basic and monotone, so they “pop.”

I already purchased these specific navy gingham Draper James x Tretorn sneakers (my favorite casual sneaker brand). They run true to size, and I adore them.

And if I didn’t already have gingham heels, I would, without a doubt, have to splurge for these navy gingham Draper James heels.

Handbags / Purses

I have a navy gingham purse from Draper James, and I love it! I feel best wearing basics, so it just jazzes up an outfit. It gives just enough “extra” style to look put together. I especially love it with my white and navy Tretorns, and with a navy top and white pants.

This year, I simply cannot get over this stunning tan gingham Tory Burch Petite Lee Radziwell shoulder bag at Nordstrom. It has such a luxurious, French style that will stay relevant for decades.

For a casual option you can carry to the beach and beyond, try this gingham Boden tote.

Accessories: Scarves / Headbands

For the traditionalists and minimalists who are afraid of committing to a print, buy it in a cheap accessory!

I’m always wearing headbands like this navy gingham Draper James headband.

Shop Gingham Women’s Clothing

Lastly, to get some head-to-toe women’s gingham style inspiration by outfit, scroll through and click nearly 100 images below for some swoon-worthy preppy fashion:

That concludes my women’s gingham clothing ideas style guide.

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